This former Institute, with a neo-romanesque style architecture, looks like it has been at war. With damp walls and a decaying ceiling, the symbolic building for the Romanian industry lies in ruins. A grand building that whispers stories of the past, dressed in art, a building that still breathes life… Left unguarded, the building fell prey to the indifference of the authorities and was destroyed year upon year by vandals. The chaos between the piles of books, encyclopedias read by those who once made history.
The Institute is infamous today, not for its discoveries in the field of nutrition research, but for a criminal case that has been pending in court for nearly eight years. A businessman, politician and former Securitate employee, are accused of fraudulently privatizing the institute. Investigators say the businessman, with the help of state employees, bought the land and buildings in 2003 for 100,000 euros. The real price was estimated at 60 million euros! After a long investigation, the politician was charged and sentenced to prison for corruption, and the old institute building was confiscated.
A BIT OF HISTORY:
Tobacco was one of the most important state monopolies. In the 1920s, the construction of the Experimental Institute of Tobacco Cultivation and Fermentation started. Here the tobacco varieties had to be studied in order to obtain one variety of high quality. The monumental building was completed at the end of the 1920s. In its time, the institute was one of the best equipped, compared to countries such as Italy or Germany. After the establishment of the communist regime, the government decided to change the Institute for Tobacco into the Institute for Food Research. It was dedicated to the investigation of quality of dairy products, beer, sugar and proceeds of the meat industries. The employees of the institute carried out chemical and biochemical research. The entire food industry was built on this institute’s research and policy. The institute was not only meant to monitor, but also chemical and biochemical research. Its employees searched for new food processes and technological processes because there was also a very large design department. They were also involved in the design of food production equipment. Nutritionists approved all recipes, from melted cheese to salami and canned fish or cooking oil.
The country got into trouble in the 1980s, and they had to pay off foreign debts. One of the consequences were cutbacks in research of any kind. Including food. The revolution impacted greatly the institution. Researchers ran out of material to do research. “You can’t just do research with pencil and paper and a computer. You need many more things”, they stated. Employees did not receive salaries for months. It was over, for many of them were left without a job.
Representatives of the Ministry of Culture have stated that the former institute is not a historic monument. The heirs of the politician now have the option to demolish the building.
The walls with the beautiful arches were beautiful . It felt like i was in a palace!!
What a view !!! The beautifully decorated glass roof was a real eye-catcher.
A look inside the chemical laboratory
Sometimes you also have to enjoy the little things like this beautiful decoration of a knight fighting a dragon
Some lab stuff left behind such as test tubes and Erlenmeyers
19th century books that should be in a museum are rotting on the floor.. very sad to see
The roots of plants destroy the walls. mother nature always takes everything back.
Laboratory spaces in great disrepair.
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